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[ cheers and applause ] ♪ sdloo this morning on "early today," rethinking reform. the obama administration puts the brakes on the call for a new leadership in egypt. >>> drug tragedy along the border with mexico claims the live of at least two americans. border with mexico claims the live of at least two americans. >>> and handbag hero. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with compromise in cairo. the united states is reconsidering a push for swift reform in egypt, calling for a slower pace to progress, easing the call for a transition to power and president hosni mubarak to step down. whether egypt protesters accept the timetable for his stepdown remains to be seen. >> good morning, everyone. according to the country's constitution, that would trigger an election and given what's going on there right now. there are questions as to whether they could organize free and fair elections in such a short period of time. but the government is doing something to appease these protesters. the new cabinet has allevi
♪ >>> this morning on "early today," rethinking reform. the obama administration puts the brakes on calls for a swift leadership change in egypt. >>> texas tragedy, drug violence along the border with mexico claims the lives of at least two u.s. high school students. >>> and handbag heroin, a jewelry store attack is foiled by a purse-wielding woman. >> narrator: this is "early today" for tuesday, february 8th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with compromise in cairo. the united states is reconsidering a push for swift reform in egypt, calling for a slower pace to progress, easing the call for a transition to power and president hosni mubarak to step down. whether egypt protesters accept the timetable for his stepdown remains to be seen. northbound's tracie potts joins us from washington with the latest. >> good morning, everyone. the u.s. is starting to wonder whether mubarak's immediate resignation may not be the best action because it would trigger a new election within 60 days mandatory, and given
.s., president obama broke his public silence on the violence calling it, quote, outrageous and he said his highest priority is protecting u.s. citizens as the state department worked to evacuate them from libya by ferry. those efforts have been delayed by weather. >>> the device in wisconsin over bargaining rights is deepening after a prank phone call that the state's governor put a spotlight on potential motives behind that controversy. here is michael isakoff. >> reporter: publicly, the governor has said the fight against union rights is to balance the budget. in a phone call he thought he was having with a major phone donner, walker provided his critics with evidence that his real motivation has been about crushing public unions. >> this is essentially about having the taxpayer used to pay to lobby with the taxpayer money. it's ridiculous. >> reporter: the caller was believed to be david koch. in fact, he was talking to a left leading journalist posing as koch. >> this is our moment. >> reporter: the governor's plan would force the government to contribute with pension and benefits, sev
political change as the country heads towards re-election 37. >>> budget showdown. president obama proposes a plan to slash the definite is the by more than a trillion dollars. but republicans say it's pot enough. >>> and grammy gold. who were the big winners on the recording industry's biggest who were the big winners on the recording industry's biggest night? captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> that lowe and good morning. today we begin with a new path in egypt. following weeks of protests that brought down the regime of now former president hosni mubarak, egyptians are looking to the future with a cautious optimism. egypt's army is now firmly in control and has made sweeping changes that have been so far welcomed by pro democracy protestors. military leaders have imposed martial law, dissolved the parliament and suspended the constitution. the army says it will be in charge only until elections are held, which could take place as soon as six months from now. meanwhile, normalcy is starting to return to cairo. military police moved into reopen tahrir square to traffic. and i
, the obama administration has suspended some high level contact wes pakistan and may downgrade the status of an upcoming diplomatic meeting. u.s. officials say it's an attempt to pressure pakistan to release an american diplomate. washington insists the man has diplomatic immunity and shot the pakistanis in self-defense as they tried to rob him at gun point. >>> first lady michelle obama confirms the president has given up his decades long smoking habit saying, quote, it's been almost a year since he lit up. layer today, mrs. obama will be on the "today" show with her campaign to end childhood obesity. >>> cell phone video shows the terrifying moment when a vehicle crashed with a truck. judging by the impact, officials say it's incredible no one was killed. >>> and a new poll weighs in on what super power most americans would love to have. topping the list are time travel and mind reading. flying came in third followed by the ability to telepost and be invisible. i'll pick all of them. >> and now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 12,233 after
bombings called the deal, quote, crazy. >>> president obama unveiled his 2012 budget yesterday. gop law mraeshgs say the reductions just don't go far enough. nbc's brian moore reports. >> 200 some pages, $3.7 trillion. this is president obama's 2012 spending plan. you guys are doing great work. keep it up. i'm proud of you. >> reporter: and at a middle school in baltimore, he fires a first shot in the battle over budget cuts. we have a responsibility to invest in those areas that will have the biggest impact in our future. >> referee: he wants to invest in education and other areas, like research, building nuclear power plants and encouraging electric cars. republicans say america just can't afford it. >> it's a plan that says fulfilling the president's vision of a future of trains and windmills is more important than a balanced checkbook. >> reporter: the president's plan cuts $1 trillion from the deficit over ten years, cuts in defense, community block grants and home heating assistance programs to the poor. even the white house acknowledges its budget isn't the final word. brian moor
into violence. richard engel, nbc news, cairo. >>> back here at home president obama reacted to the news of mubarak's shift of some power with sharp criticism. in a statement the president questioned whether the latest concession is "immediate, meaningful, or sufficient sign of reform." tracie spoths potts is in washington with more on that. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. >> lynn, good morning. that speech was a huge disappointment here in the united states, as well. initially, president obama also was hopeful that he would step down and answer the call of these protesters, addressing the u.s. before mubarak's speech, president obama said that we were witnessing history unfold, and after that he said mubarak's failure to step down is not a clear transition in egypt and that it is not immediate, meaningful, or significant. that the country has failed to seize an opportunity here. the big question remains, how much influence does the unite"h states have here? they're walking a tight rope between trying to prevent this stand-off from getting worse and more violent and also not imp
. meanwhile president obama is encouraging the nation's governors to work together as the standoff over union rights of budget cuts in wisconsin enters a third week. tracie potts joins us live from washington with more. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. protesters may have been forced out of wisconsin's state capitol, but their budget battle continues with democrats hiding out across state lines preventing a vote on what the governor says could cost them 1500 jobs. he wants to make deep cuts including cutting collective bargaining for state employees. governor scott walker on "meet the press" says if they don't act soon, the state could lose $155 billion by tomorrow. i should say million dollars by tomorrow. now, here in washington, they're focusing on the budget, also. there will be a government shutdown by friday, democrats and republicans trying to come up with a compromise that at some point looks like it may include extending the current budget for another two weeks, but with $4 billion in cuts. the problem is they're looking at the smallest part of the budget and over the weekend we
in the united states, as well. in fact, initially, president obama also was hopeful that he would step down and answer the call of these protesters, addressing the u.s. before mubarak's speech, president obama said that we were witnessing history unfold, that this was a moment of transformation and that america would support an orderly and genuine transition in egypt. but that is not what happened. mubarak handed over power to his vice president, but said that he would stay on until september. after that speech, president obama issued a statement, a pretty lengthy one, saying that this was not a clear transition that is immediate, meaningful or significant, that egypt had not yet seized the opportunity for what he calls a credible and concrete transition, a path to democracy. now, the big question here this morning, the u.s. has been pushing, but how much influence does the u.s. really have in getting mubarak out and getting a new, legitimate government in? tracie, thanks so much. >>> in other news this morning, facing a mini revolt within the republican party, house speaker john boehner is
by the severe impact, officials say it is incredible no one was killed. >>> fist lady michelle obama confirms the president has given up his decades long smoking habit saying it's benoit almost a year since he lit up." later this morning mrs. obama will be on "the today show" marking the first anniversary of her campaign to end childhood obesity. >>> and a new poll weighs in on what super power americans would most love to have. topping the list with 28% each are time travel and mind reading. flying came in third, followed by the aeblt to teleport and be invisible. >> and now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 12,233 after gaining 71 points yesterday. the s&p inched up 5 points. nasdaq added 13. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei shed 18 points while in hong kong the hang seng tumbled 320. >>> toyota officials are breathing a sigh of relief after a ten-month federal investigation concluded that faulty electronics did not causç toyota vehicles to accelerate out of control. a federal probe confirmed toyota's own fin
on youtube. it's the second anniversary of the obama stimulus plan. the debt has increased. unemployment is still over 9%. the president says the stimulus worked. >> we're now growing again. we've seen 1.3 million jobs added in the private sector since i've been president. >> reporter: meanwhile, the clock is ticking. two weeks until the government could shut down. to prevent that, democrats asked boehner to agree to short-term economy. >> now he's resort to go threats to do that without any negotiation. >> reporter: but the speaker says no deal unless democrats and president obama agree to republican spending cuts. i'm steve handelsman nbc capitol hill. >>> meanwhile, demonstrators in wisconsin have chosen a tactic. they fled the state yesterday, reportedly checking into an illinois hotel. majority republicans need just one of the 14 democrats to show up for a quorum, which would allow them to vote on and pass the now stalled proposal. the plan would curb the bargaining rights of unions in order to make immediate budget cuts. thousands of workers have come out in protests, including tea
after the country's new vice president began a dialogue with opposition leaders. president obama is trying to turn up the heat on hosni mubarak without fanning the flames. >> the president wants change, he wants it immediately, he wants to be meaningful and he wants it to be orderly. >> reporter: former u.s. diplomats say it's difficult it know where egypt is headed because it's not clear who is in charge. >> it's like driving a car and you've got one foot on the brake and one foot on the accelerator and they're trying to get the right feet 37. >> reporter: although the unrest unfolded fast, resolution may drag on for months. here in the states, demonstrators are still speaking out in the way most egyptians can't. >> we're simply echoing the voices back home. >> reporter: and in egypt, there are signs life is returning to normal, but preselenty of remin that change is inevitable brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> julian assange has arrived in a london courtroom to find out whether he'll be sent back to sweden on allegations of sexual misconduct. assange has tenned charges bro
the margin of democracy. >>> before obama's 2012 budget can be debated, congress needs to come to terms on the nation's current budget set to expire on march 4th. however, will the clock ticking down, lawmakers are at an impasse over proposed reductions the president says could endpaig danger the economy's recovery. brian, good morning to you. >> hi, lynn. there's no way to describe this other than a collision course between the white house and the republican controlled house. they're trying to pass a $60 billion to cut government spending. it could go up to $115 billion. right now, republicans are working there way through more than 400 different amendments, all of them designed to do what lawmakers said is basically cutting up the government's credit cards. house democrats are going to try to drag this out a bit, but they are unlikely to keep this from the passing. that moves it on to the senate where it's going to face a lot of heat from senate democrats who control that chamber. then it's on to president obama who says he will veto any spending bill that rinse up against national pr
of mrs. obama and sacha getting into a ski left. president obama did not make the trip. we're told secret service was very visible on the slopes. >> they made the president stay home on president's day. >> he apparently coached his daughter's basketball team as a sub. and she wasn't even there because she was on vacation. >> rough day. >>> loudoun county schools just let us know they are closed today. all the closings are at the bottom of your screen. >>> still ahead, the snow has closed down -- slowed down. we still have a lot of messy roads and tom will tell us
the government cracks down on demonstrators. >>> engine trouble, president obama and tea party republicans score a victory in the house as plans for an expensive jet engine are scrapped. >>> and holy will robinson is a real-live version of the lost in space robot headed into orbit real-live version of the lost in space robot headed into orbit soon? captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with beyond egypt. this morning, bahrain is the newest and fiercest flashpoint of unrest in the middle east. inspired by egypt's revolt, police have squared off with protesters in a confrontation that's killed at least four people. with more cnbc's jackie deangelis joins us with more from bahrain. jackie, good morning. >> good morning. the roads right now are blocked. we have major police force in pearl square. that's where last night's altercations occurred. there were reports that protesters were going to do another march today, but it seems like it's nothing for right now.
's orders to bomb an opposition-held city. back here in the u.s., president obama broke his public silence on the violence calling it, quote, outrageous and he said his highest priority is protecting u.s. citizens as the state department works to evacuate them from libya by ferry. those efforts have been delayed by bad weather. >>> a judge in london ruled this morning that wikileaks founder julian assange can be extradited to sweden over allegations of rape and sexual molestation by two women. representatives for assaj who expressed concern their client risked being handed over to the u.s. have announced they will appeal. >>> protests over a proposal to strip public employees in wisconsin of collective bargaining rights. now that divide is deepening after a prank phone call to that state's governor put a spotlight on potential motives behind that controversy. here is michael isakoff. >> reporter: publicly governor scott walker has insisted the standoff over union rights in wisconsin is all about saving money. >> we're going to balance the budget the right way, not going to push it off to t
tuesday night. president obama spoke to mubarak after and spoke about the transition being peaceful and begin now. >> there will be difficult days ahead. many questions about egypt's future remain unanswered. but i am confident that the people of egypt will find those answers. >> as sympathetic americans held their own protests outside the egyptian embassy in washington, a u.s. senator sent a powerful message to voters in egypt. >> if you do have fair and free elections in september, i hope you'll be wise enough and brave enough to say no to forces within your country, radical islamic forces. >> reporter: over 1,600 americans have been evacuated from egypt, including these college kids from south dakota. now the state department has ordered all nonessential government workers to leave too. jennifer johnson, nbc news, washington. >>> now here's a look at other stories making news early today in america. in california, security cameras recorded a violent jewelry heist. two armed gunmen used bridle force to take down a jewelry store. male and female employees were wrestled to the groun
the obama administration's health care overhaul unconstitutional. in a sweeping decision yesterday judge roger vincent shot down the plan saying the government would be violating americans' rights by forcing them to buy health insurance or pay a penalty. the white house called the ruling in a health care challenge by 26 of the 50 states a "plain case of judicial overreaching." the case appears destined to be heard by the supreme court. >>> now here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. in new jersey trafficç screech to a halt where a small plane made an emergency landing on busy interstate 80. a fuel line malfunction forced the pilot to put the aircraft down before he could reach a meesh airport. traffic returned to normal after the plane was towed away. for one there was injured, thankfully. >>> in north carolina fists were flying during a basketball game. a father, daughter, and mother mixed it up with school officials and police after an argument escalated into a full scale brawl. the incident began when officials asked the female student to change her s
of democracy. >>> before obama's 2012 budget proposal can be debated, congress needs to come to terms on the nation's current budget set to expire on march 4th. however, the clock ticks down, and lawmakers are at an impasse over proposed reductions, the president says, could "endanger the recovery." nbc's brian moore joins us from washington with those details. brian, good morning to you. >> good morning, lynn. the republican controlled house is on a collision course over the course of spending. it wants to slash at least $60 billion, perhaps up to $115 billion from this year's budget. 400 amendments have been introduced, and it's expected to take about two days of very harty debate, and then the bill would move on to theç senate where senate democrats are certain to have a much different view. president obama is threatening to veto any spending bill that hurts the recovery or defense. lynn. >> brian, thanks so much. >>> a speeding suv collides head on with a city bus in austin. investigators say the driver of the suv was fleeing police before crashing into the bus. 18 people, inclu
by the white house, president obama welcomed the, quote, positive sign urging the allgieran government to do more to promote freedom for its people. >>> a college student in texas has been arrested for plotting a string of terror attacks here in the u.s. the 20-year-old obtained materials for a bomb and researched places for bombings. agents were tipped off an a north carolina chemical company reported he placed a suspicious order. he wrote in his journal that it was, quote, time for jihad. if convicted, he faces a maximum sentence. >>> in wisconsin, despite protests, a controversial push to strip unions of their bargaining rights, the wisconsin state assembly passed a bill. the measure now moves to the state senate where republicans hold the majority, but senate democrats have fled the state to prevent a vote. >>> now here's a look at other stories making news early today in america. in texas, investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire that swept through a day care center killing three children. the kids, ranging in ages 18 months to 3 years old died after being taken to the h
protection. >> and now here's an early look at your health headlines. later today, the obama administration will announce the first drinking water standard for a toxic ingredient linked to pregnant women and children. with contamination most likely caused by improper dispositival as test sites, military facilities. for more information on this, check out the health page on msnbc.com. >> and now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 12,041 after nudging up one point yesterday. the s&p shed three points. the nasdaq dipped one. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei dropped 26 points, but in hong kong, the hang seng soared 426. stocks traded in a tight range wednesday as unrest in egypt kept investors from making any big betts. traders who braved yesterday's brutal winter storm mostly played it safe despite a report from adp that more companies added work to their payrolls last month. meanwhile, oil fears were offset by news of rising u.s. fuel supplies. video game publisher electronic arts was the s&p's big winner jumping
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down sooner rather than later. president obama said the peaceful process toward new leadership must begin now. >> george washington university said all but two students have left, but they are stay wg family. and roadblocks have blocked many from getting to the airport. having to join a crowd of thousands waiting to leave. the travellers have been in shoving matches with airport employees, and police forcing to pay bribes. local egyptian americans are keeping a close eye on the protests, many are concerned about relatives and friends. friends of the orthodox church have been praying. and. >> it is not just a country with a bunch of problems, it will affect the whole world in regard to the u.s. having an ally in the presence in the middle east, versus having no friends in the middle east. >> they collected money and clothing to send to egypt as relief. tnchlths is 34 degrees, coming up on news 4 today, how the psa is usiing for dinner's ready! it's french's crunchy onion chicken! (announcer) for a quick and easy dinner crush french fried onions. dip chicken in egg. coat with onion cr
look at your health headlines on msnbc.com. the associated press reports later today, the obama administration will announce the first drinking water standard for a toxic rocket fuel ingredient linked to thyroid problems in pregnant women and young children. 153 water sources in 26 states contain the chemical which is also used in fireworks and explosives. with contamination most likely caused by improper disposal at test sites, military bases and chemical plants. for more information on this and health stories check out the health page at msnbc.com. >> early today health is brought to you by the vagisil screening kit. >>> a look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 12,4 1 after nudging up one point yesterday. the s&p shed three points. the nasdaq dipped one. a look at overseas trading in tokyo the nikkei dropped 26 points, but in hong kong the hang sang soared 426. >>> stocks traded in tight range wednesday as unrest in egypt kept investors from making any big bets. traders who braved yesterday's brutal storm mostly played it safe despite a report from adp
but reportedly not on the list, the obamas and duchess of york sarah ferguson. >>> u.s. markets are closed for the presidents' day holiday, but here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day tomorrow. the dow gained 73 points friday. the s&p inched two. the nasdaq added 2. the nikkei rose 14, but in hong kong, the hang seng fell 109.2t. the nasdaq added 2. the nikkei rose 14, but in hong kong, the hang seng fell 10wo. the nasdaq added 2. the nikkei rose 14, but in hong kong, the hang seng fell 10. the nasdaq added 2. the nikkei rose 14, but in hong kong, the hang seng fell 109. >>> the question is simple. how long can the current rally keep running? wall street posted its third straight week of gains with the s&p 500 now up almost 7% for the year and more than 20% in just six months. friday, the nasdaq finished within 25 points of its highest level in a decade. if earnings are a factor, the rally has a good chance of continuing. of the over 400 s&p 500 companies reporting earnings so far, 71% have beaten wall street estimates. later this week, major retailers including walma
% of the vote yesterday, allowing him to avoid an april runoff. in a statement, president obama said it was a well deserved victory and that he, quote, couldn't be proud honor. >>> despite eight straight days of massive protests, wisconsin's republican governor is standing firm on a plan to cut collective bargaining rights for most state workers. in a speech last night, scott walker warned he would lay off 1500 public employees if his proposal is not passed by this friday. >>> we are learning more about the tragic death of four americans killed by pirates off the coast of somalia early yesterday. according to u.s. officials, during negotiations, pirates suddenly launched a rocket propelled grenade at a nearby navy warship. special operations forces quickly boarded the vikts' yacht but by the time they reached the hostages, they had been shot by their canters. >>> and new york city mayor michael bloomberg has signed legislation to ban smoking in parks, public places and plazas including times square. it officially takes effect in three months. >> and now here's an early look at one of
. there will be no extension at the current rates which they say are 24% higher than when president obama took office. ç extent the ma took office. current rates. republicans say no can do. bottom line, it's gridlock here on capitol hill. lynn. >>> tracie, thanks so much. >>> now here's a look at other stories making news early today in america. in texas, a group of bystanders came together to save a man from a fiery death, helping him escape from a car that was engulfed in flames. the driver was trapped until the group picked up the car to move it, giving him a window to escape through. he's expected to survive. >>> in arizona, a utility >>> in arizona, a utility truck driver was on his way to a service call and ran into an unexpected delay when he smashed his truck through a brick wall, coming to a stop inside a home. a mother and three children were inside. one of the children, a 4-year-old, and the truck driver were taken to the hospital for nonlife threatening injuries. >>> finally, in washington, d.c., an impersonator of honest abe was surprised to find out his honest day's work was illegal. phil receive
on by egypt's revolution. in a statement issued by the white house, president obama welcomed the, quote, positive sign urging the algerian government to do more to promote freedom for its people. >>> a college student in texas has been arrested by the fbi for plotting a string of terror attacks here m u.s. the 20-year-old allegedly obtained chemicals for a bomb and researched potential targets, including dams and nuclear plants. even the home of former president george w. bush. agents say they were tipped off to the suspect after a mcincome chemical company reported he placed a suspicious order. according to court documents, the man also wrote in his journal that it was "time for jihad." if convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. >>> early this morning in wisconsin despite weeks of protests, a controversial push to strip union workers of their collective bargaining rights cleared its first hurdle. after three grueling days of debate the wes wisconsin state assembly passed a bill backed by the state's newly elected republican governor. the measure now moves to the state
obama reacted to the shift of the shift of some powers. in a statement, the president questioned whether the latest concession is a meaningful sign of reform. tracie potts is in washington with more on that. good morning. >> lynn, good morning. that speech was a huge disappointment here in the united states, as well. initially, president obama also was hopeful that he would step down and answer the call of these protesters, addressing the u.s. before mubarak's speech, president obama said that we were witnessing history unfold, that this was a moment of transformation, and that america would support an orderly and genuine transition in egypt. but that is not what happened. mubarak handed over power to his vice president, but said that he would stay on until september. after that speech, president obama issued a statement, a pretty lengthy one, saying that this was not a clear transition that is immediate, meaningful or significant, that egypt had not yesterday seized the opportunity for what he calls a credible and concrete transition, a path to democracy. now, the big question here this
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